CSA Season is Starting

Welcome to the 2010 Lida Farm CSA season! This is our 5th season operating a CSA in the Pelican Rapids area, so we should know what we’re doing at this point!
If you’ve come to this blog looking for news from the farm this spring and past winter, you’ve been sadly disappointed since I write little in the off season. But now that produce is coming in expect an entry every week about the going-ons at the farm, what’s in season and in the CSA box, and my general musings about small farms and the like. We also highlight a recipe each week which features a veggie in season.
Overall spring has been good as we get ourselves organized for summer. Spring is a time we ramp up on projects we just can’t pull off in July or August when we get on a treadmill of plant, harvest, wash and repeat.

For example, This year we offered a chicken share where people pre-arranged whole broilers which we’ll deliver late summer or early fall. Now that we’ve promised all these people some 250 chickens, we actually need to raise them. Part of that is giving them a place to live, so my carpenter father-in-law Don and I have been diligently building a lean-to off the side of our woodshed (mainly Don…he’s the professional. I just haul tools and stuff for him). It still needs some tin for the roof, but the hard part is done we hope. As you can see from the picture, the lean-to juts into our pasture, so, when the chicks arrive they will have easy and free access to grass and pasture.

In the box:

Salad Mix
Napa Cabbage
Spinach
Baby Bok Choy
Strawberries
Daikon Radish
Catalina Dressing
Taken from the U of M nutrition program that Maree teaches at Pelican Rapids Elementary
Ingredients:
2/3 cup canola oil (or other vegetable oil)
1/2 cup sugar or equivalent sugar substitute
2/3 cup ketchup
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Mix all ingredients well. Store in refrigerator.
Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
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